VDOT shares safety tips for winter weather motorists

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(WFXR) — With icy or snowy weather expected to hit southwest Virginia Friday morning, that can make for a messy commute if you’re heading out the door.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) worked throughout the day on Thursday, Jan. 7, to pre-treat the roads ahead of the forecasted winter weather on Friday, Jan. 8.

However, since slippery and concerning conditions are still expected throughout southwest Virginia, VDOT plans to have crews lined up and ready to go in order to respond to potential incidents as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile, if you must travel on Friday, VDOT offers some helpful hints to keep you safe.

  • Before you go, you can check road conditions in the area using the VDOT 511 app or the VDOT online traffic app, but do not call 911 or #77 just for a road assessment.
  • Clear all snow and ice from the roof, trunk, hood, and windows of your car before you travel.
  • Use your headlights and windshield wipers, and make sure to buckle up when driving through wet weather.
  • Drive for the weather conditions in your area, so slow your speed and increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Avoid all distractions, especially your cell phone.

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